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ERIN SUTHERLAND

PhD CANDIDATE – QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY, CANADA 
MICHAEL SMITH FELLOW – SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL, CANADA

Erin Sutherland is the 2016-2017 Pre-doctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies. She is an independent curator and PhD candidate in the Department of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Originally from northern Alberta, Treaty 8 territory, Erin received her undergraduate degrees in the Departments of Psychology and Native Studies from the University of Alberta. Her research interests include Indigenous and Métis curatorial methodologies, Métis histories, Indigenous performance art and the role of contemporary art in the project of Indigenous sovereignty. For her recent PhD project, Erin curated a performance series titled Talkin’ Back to Johnny Mac, which engaged with the 200th birthday celebrations of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. The connected dissertation explores the role of the Métis curator and the methodologies and epistemologies engaged in by Métis curators, including herself.  Other curatorial projects include Los Muertos No Hablan: The Dead Don’t Speak with Wanda Luna, and Memory Keepers: Methodologies of Memory, Mapping and Gender with Dr. Carla Taunton at Urban Shaman Gallery.

 

 

PREVIOUS FELLOWS

2015 - 16

AKIKWE CORNELL

 

2014-15         

WAASEYAA'SIN CHRISTINE SY

 

2013-14        

KATHRYN SWEET

 

2012-13        

CHELSEA MEAD 

 

2011-12        

GABRIELA RÍOS

 

2010-11        

CAMIE AUGUSTUS

 

2009-10        

ANGELA PARKER

 

2008-09        

CRISTINA STANCIU

 

2007-08        

CHANTAL NORGAARD

        

2006-07        

JILL DOERFLER

 

2005-06        

ROBERT INNES

 

2004-05        

WENDY MAKOONS GENIUSZ

 

2003-04        

CATHLEEN CAHILL

 

2002-03        

BRIAN KLOPOTEK

 

2001-02        

JOANNE DiNOVA

 

2000-01        

MINDY MORGAN

JOHN NORDER